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christmas in cuba, remedios, las parrandas

Christmas in Cuba: What to Expect

This time last year I was preparing for a very untraditional Christmas break. When I booked my flight to Cuba in July I had – naively, I’ll admit – presumed that as a predominantly Roman Catholic country, Christmas would be something quite special. How wrong I was. It seems obvious now. In fact it seemed obvious […]

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volcano boarding in leon nicaragua

Volcano Boarding in León Nicaragua!

First there was skateboarding. Then there was snowboarding. Then there was volca- wait what? Volcano boarding!? Come on now. Is that actually safe? What if I accidentally fell down a hidden vent or something? Don’t volcanoes spontaneously erupt sometimes!? Shush now! (voice in my head). Volcanoes may be capable of destroying EVERYTHING but most of them are pretty […]

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puerto viejo beaches

A Guide to the Puerto Viejo Beaches of Costa Rica

I don’t suppose there are many, or indeed any, other countries with a more befitting name than Costa Rica; with its collection of amazing beaches and broad span of diverse communities, cultures, climates and landscapes, it really is what you’d call ‘the rich coast’. But there are, of course, two very distinct coasts to explore. […]

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jaco beach, costa rica

On Costa Rica’s ‘Beaten Path’

It doesn’t take long to figure out why Costa Rica is consistently ranked the most visited country in Central America. Twenty-six beautiful national parks lie within and countless idyllic beach and surf towns dot both its Caribbean and Pacific coasts. You can hardly go wrong wherever you go, but backpackers tend to favour the Caribbean […]

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tortuguero tours, wildlife safari, costa rica

Jungle Safari in Tortuguero National Park

Some places are just meant to be difficult to get to. The places that are so damn beautiful and amazing that you instantly forget how long and arduous the journey was as soon as you arrive. Tortuguero in Costa Rica is one of those places. Located at the northern tip of the Caribbean coast, the tiny […]

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Volcano Acatenango seen from Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala. Could I live here?

It is either impossible or highly unlikely that any traveller would pass through Guatemala and not visit Antigua, the country’s enchanting, tourist-friendly and volcano-surrounded settlement south-west of Guatemala City. Its name – translating to ‘antique’ in English – is befitting of a town containing so many colonial-era buildings, crumbling churches and ruins. The place is […]

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